By Kaitlin Loukides
POCATELLO, Idaho – As the U.S. continues fighting against the extremist military group known as ISIS, many Muslim-Americans in the Pocatello community want everyone to know the terrorist group is not a representation of their Islamic faith.
Some say since the spark of the ISIS movement, there has been a new narrative of fear that has arisen between both Muslims who are afraid to identify themselves as being Muslim and a fear from some community members who do not understand Islam is based as a peaceful religion.
Daniel Hummel is the general secretary of the Islamic Society and an associate professor of political science at Idaho State University. He has studied Islam for the past 12 years and said he does not understand where the ISIS militants are basing their extremist beliefs from. [Read more…]